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Today on Home & Family Thursday, May 15th, 2014


Brandi Burkhardt
"Hart of Dixie" star Brandi Burkhardt reveals her character Crickett was originally supposed to be a one episode stint that turned into a full time gig. She shares a clip from the season finale's climactic vow renewal, complete with a choreographed dance routine. In real life, Brandi is also preparing to walk down the aisle when she weds fiance Douglas Kazanjian. The groom-to-be joins us to tell the story of how his family acquired the glistening tiara worn by Madonna when she married Guy Ritchie.
The season finale of "Hart of Dixie" airs Friday at 9/8c on The CW.

DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot Glass

Enjoy a slug of milk from Jessie Jane's shot glasses made of chocolate chip cookies!

DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot Glass with Jessie Jane
After much trial and error, Jessie Jane perfected the recipe for DIY chocolate chip cookie shot glasses to help us celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day! She discovered it's better to use shortening than butter to make the cookies firm and dry. This enables the shape to form without the walls crumbling. Jessie also coats the inside of the shot glass with candy melt. Once it hardens, the milk won't leak out.
Take a dunk in this recipe>> For more with Jessie Jane, visit lilyshop.com and Facebook.

Water Safety Awareness with Dr JJ Levenstein

Dr. JJ Levenstein educates us on water safety to protect children from drowning and mother Sara Villasenor shares her harrowing tale of her four-year-old daughter's nearly fatal pool accident.

Water Safety Awareness with Dr. JJ Levenstein
Sara Villasenor is very lucky her four-year-old daughter Nina survived a recent pool accident unscathed. After returning from a short bathroom break, Sara found her heroic son and father pulling the lifeless little girl out of the pool. We listen to the heartbreaking 911 audio and learn how expertly administered CPR saved Nina's young life. Then, board certified pediatrician Dr. JJ Levenstein, MD, FAAP educates us on the five key things every parent should know about water safety, stressing the importance of swimming lessons, gated pool areas, up to date CPR knowledge, and constant supervision. She also suggests outfitting children in approved flotation devices and having a reliable phone nearby in the event of an emergency.
Dr. JJ Levinstein's 5 Key Water Safety Tips:
1. Teach your children to swim.
2. Safely gate your pools and spas. 3. Learn CPR, and update your skills regularly. 4. Be PRESENT and ALERT at poolside.
5. Teach your children to be water SAFE.

Read all of these precautions>>

Take parenting classes instructed by Dr. Levenstein online by visiting www.momassembly.com. To learn more about parents' concerns with kids go to her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheMDMoms. Also, find helpful parenting products at www.mdmoms.com.


Michael Carbonaro

Actor, comedian, and magician Michael Carbonaro has everyone fooled on his new hidden camera show, "The Carbonaro Effect." Unsuspecting victims get caught on candid camera as Michael pranks them with head-scratching magic tricks. The catch, no one even knows he's actually a magician. Plus, find out how Michael developed such a passion for performing tricks. "The Carbonaro Effect" premieres tonight at 10/9c on truTV.

You can follow Michael on Twitter @m_carbonaro.

DIY Nut Butters with Alex Thomopoulos

Alex Thomopoulos explains why it is a good idea to make your own nut butters at home!

DIY Nut Butters with Alex Thomopoulos
Alex Thomopoulos, chef and host of "Gluten Free with Alex T," shares her recipe for DIY nut butters. Almost any nut you enjoy raw makes great nut butter including almonds, peanuts, and cashews. By making these homemade, you can regulate the amount of salt, sugar, and added stabilizers. For an ever healthier version, you can substitute palm oil with coconut oil. She also takes food allergies into consideration. Plus, you can even send your kids to school with this nut butter in a jar with special hidden treats and surprises.

Facts & Figures About Food Allergies:
-Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies.
-1 in every 13 children is affected by food allergies. -Food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. Statistics provided by foodallergy.org.

The Omega 8600 Juicer and Omega Blendar are both available at omegajuicers.com.

You can get Alex's ginger snap recipe and more fabulous ideas at AlexTCooks.com.


DIY Crepe Paper Flowers with Ken Wingard

Ken Wingard crinkles and folds crepe paper into the shapes of beautiful flowers. He teaches us to make roses and daisies that can be gathered into a bouquet or used to decorate gifts, cakes, and more. Follow these instructions>>

Crepe paper roll is sold for under $2 at papermart.com.

Visit Ken Wingard at KennethWingard.com and follow him on Twitter @KennethWingard.


Hollywood Steals

Sandie Newton is planning ahead for Father's Day with this week's edition of Hollywood Steals. Bring out the little boy in every grown man's heart with a mini helicopter remote controlled by a phone app! This $39 item is so popular, it's the third time we've featured it. From Studio Motors, deck out your dad in a three pack that includes a baseball cap, polarized sunglasses, and a flashlight pen with a stylus for under $30. The ladies out there shouldn't feel left out. Sandie also introduces us to $23 anti-aging Marula oil to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and repair skin from sun damage. Get your bling-bling on for $29 with a two piece set from Realia by Jen's Swarovski crystal Bollywood collection. Plus, Ken deeply discounts his beautiful mirrors for less than $140. To take advantage of these Hollywood Steals and more, call 1-855-655-STEAL (1-855-655-7832) or visit http://www.hollywoodsteals.com/.

Visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/hollywoodsteals for contests and giveaways!

To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit www.hallmarkchannel.com/petproject. Learn more about pets up for adoption at www.theflashsalesgirls.com and wyldersholisticpetcenter.com.

Hallmark Graduation Cards and Gifts 2014

The Class of 2014 is the toast of the town! Mark, Cristina, and the family show us Hallmark's line of graduation gifts.

Hallmark Graduation Cards & Gifts 2014
The pomp and circumstance of graduation season is in full swing. Mark, Cristina, and family members Jessie and Ken explain the history behind popular graduation traditions. Then, they suggest some great Hallmark gifts to commemorate the Class of 2014, including personalized photo frames and how to turn your tassel into a keepsake. Sip the taste of accomplishment from a graduation mug. This autograph owl and gift card holder are a real hoot. And, get a cap to collect all the greeting cards.
Find complete details here>>

Upload photos to shutterfly.com/hallmark.

For card writing tips from Hallmark Writers, go to hallmark.com/graduation/ideas.

All of these graduation gifts and cards are available at your local Hallmark Gold Crown Store.

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